Post-Modded Life v3 - ScummVM
by, 04-23-2010 at 07:17 PM (6558 Views)
Continuing with our Blog theme about additional possibilities after your Wii has been successfully modded, we now will talk a little bit about enhancing and expanding your gaming possibilities by installing ScummVM.
The letters in Scumm or SCUMM represent Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion; the VM stands for Virtual Machine. As you might guess, this is a utility that was used to create the LucasArts adventure game Maniac Mansion. SCUMM was created in 1987 for the game Maniac Mansion and was modified and used a bit later for such games as Monkey Island 1, 2, and 3, Day of the Tentacle, Loom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.
ScummVM is released under the General Public License (GPL), so it is a free and open source program. The ScummVM program has incorporated many hacks to support older games. Basically, ScummVM is a program, sometimes referred to as a game engine, that allows one to play a number of the classic 2D graphic “point-and-click” adventure games. ScummVM replaces the executable game files, uses the game data files, and thus allows for these games to be played on systems for which they were not originally designed.
The point-and-click games types supported by ScummVM are well-suited to playing on the Wii and using the WiiMote. ScummVM-compatible games can be also be played on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, PalmOS, WebOS, iPhone, Windows CE, Motorola PocketPC, AmigaOS, BeOS, Dreamcast, OS/2, PlayStation2, PlayStation Portable, SymbianOS, SolarisOS, IRIX, MorphOS, AtariOS, and others.
To start, you will need to download the ScummVM 1.1.0 game engine for the Wii from HERE. Use WinRar to extract the files. Copy the entire folder named scummvm to the Apps folder on your SD card. If you do not have an SD card already setup, format an SD card as FAT32, create a folder on the Root Directory of the SD card named Apps. Copy the scumm folder into the Apps folder: SD:\Apps\scumm. I have included the freeware games Beneath a Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, and Flight of the African Queen in this download pack. Copy each folder, as is, to the Root Directory of your SD card. The Root Directory of the SD card will then have the following: SD:\Apps, bass-cd-1.2, FOTAQ_Talkie-1.1, lure-1.1.
Insert the SD card into your Wii, power on the Wii, and go to the Homebrew Channel. On the HBC menu, you will see ScummVM….Point & Click Adventures. Select and Load ScummVM. You will see the following screen:
Using the WiiMote, press the Add Game button, the screen message will ask you to select a directory. At the bottom left of the message screen, select Go Up and re-select it until you see the bass-cd-1.2, FOTAQ, and lure folders. Use the WiiMote to highlight and select one the freeware games folders provided.
Now select and press the Start button, top of the right-hand column on the ScummVM startup screen. The game should start. Wait for the introductory sequences to be played and then you can start playing the game using just the WiiMote to Point-and-Click through the game.
If there are any problems with the download package, download the ScummVM program from wiibrew.org from HERE. The freeware games can be downloaded from the ScummVM.org Website HERE. ScummVM is not a means for pirating games. Do Not Ask for Pirated Game Sources. One source to purchase inexpensive ScummVM-supported DRM-free games is the home of Good Old Games – GOG.com.
To play the compatible 2D point-and-click games, you will need the original game floppies or CD. Installing most games will not require the use of the original game installer. Rather, each compatible game has a list of files that are needed to run the game; go HERE and copy the files listed from your original game floppies or CD. Copy the game folder to your SD card, start ScummVM, as you did before, click on “Add Game”, and select the directory where the game files are located.
Example: Beneath a Steel Sky – files listed as required are sky.dnr, sky.dsk, and sky.cpt. You will see that those are the files I placed in the bass-cd-1.32.folder.
There are some games where the game files are packed and therefore not directly accessible on your original floppy or CD discs. For those games, run the original game installer, copy the files after they have been installed to your PC hard disk drive, then copy the needed files for playing under the ScummVM game engine on your Wii
A number of games can be played on the Wii using the ScummVM game engine. For a list of compatible games, go HERE. Games that are known to be compatible include:
Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2; Return to Zork; Day of the Tentacle; Sam & Max Hit the Road; the Monkey Island series; the Sierra AGI games King's Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry series; Loom, Simon the Sorcerer series; The Bizzare Adventures of Woodruff and Schnibble; Cruise for a Corpse; I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream; the Legend of Kyrandia series; The 7th Guest; Mickey's Space Adventure; and the Freddi Fish series...and many more.
More information and links for ScummVM are available on the ScummVM Website:ScummVM :: Home. A User Manual for ScummVM is available HERE.
Have fun replaying some of the old adventure games from your youth, finding a new use for your old games collection, introducing your kids to games at which they can not easily beat you, or discovering old classics for inexpensive prices.